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CAP Glider Academy 9-16 July 2011
Photo by Mary Clark

Educational Outreach

Our mission at SCOH includes an educational component in partnership with the CAP, Civil Air Patrol.

In recent summers, SCOH has hosted a CAP Glider Camp for approximately 20 young people with the goal of glider flight and ground training. CAP cadets from around the state of Texas as well as other states have traveled to the Houston area for an intense week learning the art of gliding. SCOH has provided resources ranging from gliders to instructors to the tow planes to the facilities required to host this ambitious event.

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What is the CAP?

In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time:
  • Aerospace education 
  • Cadet programs 
  • Emergency services 
SCOH contributes to the CAP by providing resources for both Aerospace education and Cadet programs.